1916 Centenary Exhibition in Baltimore

A Nation Born, A Boat Built

A 1916 Centenary exhibition of the fishing vessel Free State.Free State

C1 was the first motor fishing boat to be registered in Cork after Irish Independence.

Exhibition by Cuas, The West Cork Maritime Heritage Company, kindly supported by Cork County Council.

Researched and compiled by Eoin Ryan, Baltimore and Peter O Shea, Ballycotton.

Design by Cecilia Scholte Lubberink

With thanks to Cork County Archives, Cormac Levis, John Finn, the O’Riordan Family and Hegartys Boatyard.

Official opening at 16.30, Saturday 26th March by Joe Carroll MCC at the Baltimore Harbour Building near the Ferry Pier.

Image of Free State at centre of picture as the first motor lifeboat the Mary Stanford arrives in Ballycotton in 1930

Quiz Night!

boat quizBaltimore Wooden Boat Festival brings you the Annual Quiz Night – a fun fundraiser in the Algiers Inn on Thursday 24th March at 8.30pm. €5 per person – 4 to a crew. Test your nautical knowledge in aid of Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival and Baltimore RNLI. Spread the word…

Movie Night!

Join us for an evening of old whaling movies

Thursday 4th Feb at 9pm in the Algiers Inn, Baltimoremovie night

Little Red Hen takes to the water!


We went boating and voting this morning as our classic Wayfarer goes afloat for the Festival.

A perfect paint job from Cormac once again!


New Trophy from Paddy McCormack

Paddy McCormack trophy 2015A beautiful series of bespoke trophies designed by sculptor Paddy McCormack (www.paddymccormack.com) will be awarded for the Ilen Challenge at this year’s Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival. The striking design features the bull and pins of a currach. The Ilen challenge is an 8 mile race (or leisurely trip for some!) from Skibbereen to Baltimore Harbour for wooden rowing boats including naomhogs, racing curraghs and gandalows.

All wooden boat sailors. It’s vhf channel 10 for all Festival radio traffic at the weekend. Tune in and stay in touch.


WBF mugs


Wow, lovely mugs. Come along to the festival to get one of these!

2015 Festival Poster

Baltimore Wooden Boat FestivalCheck out the 2015 Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival Poster, created by Con Ryan and Garry McMahon of Copper Reed Studio. Our festival posters have become collectors’ items! Colourful and full of life – just like the Festival…

Festival T-shirt goes South


The T-shirt helped me catch this big eye tuna in Los Cristianos, Tenerife. Only a few weeks til the 2015 Festival. Hope you’re getting those boats ready.

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